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WestCare Health will launch a new full-time primary care clinic in the Health and Human Sciences Building on the West Campus of Western Carolina University, with a targeted opening in September.

The clinic is the result of a partnership between the hospital and the university in which access to care will be expanded in the community and educational opportunities will be provided to health sciences students.

A family nurse practitioner will begin seeing patients this fall when the clinic opens and will be joined by a physician recruited to the community specifically for the clinic at WCU. The practice will treat patients ages 16 and older.


North Carolina health officials are urging simple steps to prevent a trip to the emergency room during the high temperatures across North Carolina this week.

Acting State Health Director Robin Gary Cummings said those steps include drinking plenty of water or juice to avoid dehydration and, if possible, limiting time outdoors, especially in the afternoon when the sun and temperatures are at their peak.

With many summer camps still in session, children should be closely monitored for signs of heat stress, including:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Fatigue, weakness
  • Dizziness, fainting
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting


Angel Medical Center announces the addition of Lawson Hunley, D.O. to its staff of primary care physicians.

"We are very pleased that Dr. Hunley has chosen to join our hospital family,” said Paul Alter, Director of Business and Medical Staff Development for Angel Medical Center. “His addition to our staff of primary care physicians allows to better serve our community."

Dr. Hunley comes to Angel Medical Center from Big Stone Gap, Va., where he completed his family medicine residency at Lonesome Pine Hospital.

“I always knew I wanted to specialize in Family Medicine, even before going to medical school. What drew me to the field was the prospect of being able to establish long-term relationships with my patients,” said Hunley.

Dr. Hunley’s style of care is patient-centered.


On May 6 at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus, 10 Therapeutic Massage students were honored during a pinning ceremony.

Earning their pins for successfully completing the one-year diploma program were, front row, from left: Ashlyn Benson of Cullowhee, Kadie Parker of Sylva, Anna Bloemsma of Franklin, Amber Raxter of Andrews, Tabatha Posey of Sylva and Courtney Elders of Whittier. Back row, from left, are Ali Taylor of Sylva, Sarah King of Cullowhee, Tim O’Brien of Cashiers and Patsy Lovedahl of Cullowhee. Not pictured is Ashley Crawford of Cullowhee.

For more information about SCC and its programs, visit or call 828.339.4000.

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